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  • Flush with highway cash, Texas still looking for toll options

    04/26/2017 5:16:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 21, 2017 | Dug Begley
    Texas is spending record amounts on transportation, but lawmakers worried it is not enough are considering extending a controversial program that’s helped spread tollways through some of the state’s largest areas. A bill approved this week by a House committee would give the Texas Department of Transportation a chance to add six additional projects, including the widening of Interstate 45 north of I-10 and a long-planned Hempstead Tollway, meant to relieve traffic on U.S. 290 with the potential for a commuter rail corridor. The bill, by state Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, would also allow TxDOT or regional officials the chance...
  • Chairman: The Trans-Texas Corridor Isn’t Back

    03/30/2011 8:39:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | March 29, 2011 | Nolan Hicks
    The (two) e-mails poured into our various inboxes this afternoon from different groups — all (both) proclaiming, in one form or another that “the Trans-Texas Corridor is back from the dead.” One of those e-mails specifically cited House Bill 3789, which was introduced by House Transportation Committee chairman Larry Phillips, R-Sherman. Phillips’ bill would allow for the resumption of public/private partnerships to help finance the construction of transportation infrastructure such as roads and freeways. Such partnerships had been a key component of building the Trans-Texas Corridor — a highly controversial project that became so politically untenable even its most ardent...
  • Toll road agreement reached

    05/25/2007 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 25, 2007 | Ben Wear
    House, Senate passage seem likely The careening vehicle that has been this legislative session's toll road overhaul appeared to pull into the garage about 4:35 p.m. Thursday. At that moment, Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, after spending several moments huddling on the floor with Sen. Tommy Williams, sponsor of Senate Bill 792, affixed his signature to a compromise version of the bill, and the two shook hands. "We've got a deal now," Williams, R-The Woodlands, said about an hour later. "This is really going to move transportation issues forward, particularly in large metropolitan areas." The deal was among...